Trust Members' Area


About the Council of Governors

The driving force of any Foundation Trust is the active involvement of the membership.

The Council of Governors meets every three months at the hospital. All reasonable expenses incurred as a result of carrying out Council duties (such as travel expenses) are reimbursed by the Trust, although there is no salary associated with the post of Governor. The public members of the Governors have a real opportunity to ensure that Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust continues in the 21st century as a hospital of which the people of Tameside and Glossop can be proud, the hospital of choice for local people.

If we are lucky enough to receive a lot of interest and nominations for each area then an election will take place. This will involve all the other members within the area casting a postal vote based on a short summary about each of the individuals seeking to be elected to the Foundation Trust's Council of Governors. This election will be organised by UK Engage on behalf of the Trust to ensure the process is fair and open. Clearly, the nomination forms to be found within the information packs need to be completed and returned to the Returning Officer. If only one person comes forward for nomination, they will be elected unopposed.

Click to view more details regarding what a public member of the Foundation Trust’s Council of Governor does and how to apply

Our Current Council of Governors

Below contains details of the currently elected Council of Governors. There should be 29 Governors, 15 public, 7 partnership and 7 staff.


Elected Member: Lesley Conroy

Date elected: 20st March 2017

Office expires: 19th March 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


My job is engagement (inclusion, diversity and wellbeing) and knowledge management [within the Solicitors Office and Legal Services department of HM Revenue and Customs] and I’m comfortable challenging the way we do things.

I have a real interest in people and listening with an open mind is a big part of my day job. Making it easier for you to tell us what you think is a priority for me as I develop as a governor and represent the people I serve.

I grew up in Tameside.  Our health professionals have looked after me and my three children incredibly well through a variety of injuries and illnesses but we can always improve and I’d really welcome your support to do that.


Position Vacant

Elected Member:

Date elected:

Office expires:

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005



Wendy Brelsford - COG

Elected Member: Wendy Brelsford

Date re-elected: 14th April 2016

Office expires: 13th April 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email


My name is Wendy Brelsford, and I have lived in Audenshaw for 36 years. I’ve been Public Governor for the town at Tameside Hospital for six years, having previously had various community roles which includes; being the Governor in two primary schools, the setting up of a community association for Jigsaw tenants in Audenshaw, the setup of numerous Homewatch streets. An elected member of Tameside Council, a member of the Management Committee of Ryecroft Hall

and a Board Director of Tameside Citizen’s Advice Bureau.


Before retirement, I was a mathematics lecturer at Tameside College. I am also a local JP, and hold a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.



Position Vacant 

Date elected:

Office expires: 

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:




Position Vacant

Elected Member:

Date elected:

Office expires:

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


Elected Member: Vikki Rutter

Date elected: 16th December 2016

Office expires: 15th December 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


I am a 32 year old woman living and working in Manchester and ideal to represent Dukinfield's diverse views. I regularly use the NHS and feel that my views don't get heard. I think that by becoming a Governor I will offer a younger view and be able to share everyone's thoughts on how our area's funding should be spent.

I am very organised and have great people skills. I feel I would be able to engage everyone's view and deliver them fluently to the Board. Hoping to make a change to our Trust and the NHS Foundation.



Elected Member: Ken Simpson

Date elected: 16th December 2016

Office expires: 15th December 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:



Elected Member: Lesley Surman

Date elected: 16th December 2016

Office expires: 15th December 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


My approach to life is fundamentally practical and humanitarian. I worked within clinical and educational Health Care setting all my working life attaining professional qualifications, a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degree (all Health Care related) and lots of experience, knowledge and understanding.

Since retiring in 2011 I have become increasingly involved in promoting the patient/public voice and the advocating for the benefits of patient/public participation, with a particular focus on the Glossopdale Neighbourhood 

I am Chair of the Glossopdale Patient Neighbourhood Group (GPNG) and the Tameside and Glossop Patient Network (PN); here we work closely with T&G ICFT and other commissioning/delivery groups to inform and keep central the public interests.



Elected Member: Chris Webster

Date re-elected: 20th March 2017

Office expires: 19th March 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:



John Philips


Elected Member: John Phillips (Lead Governor)

Date re-elected: 27th June 2017

Office expires: 26th June 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or


I retired in 2009 from career in Finance, prior to that I worked for 17 years in the world of automobiles and petroleum retailing. I have been a Public Governors for Hyde, since 2011, being re-elected in 2014 and 2017and now in my final term, to finish in 2020. I was elected to Lead Governor in 2017. I am married, with a grown up family and have lived in Tameside since 1987. I enjoy my very active Governor role representing Hyde constituents and the wider role required duties as Lead Governor. It is important to ensure my knowledge of the Governor role is always current as legislation changes; I frequently attend many Governor Development Training courses and Forums. I sit on the Nominations and Remuneration Committee and I chair the Trust Open Day group.

I am a hospital volunteer and Chair a Cardiac Patient Support Group at Wythenshawe Hospital covering outreach clinics at Tameside and Glossop and Wigan Hospital.




Elected Member: Mark Hindle

Date elected: 29th May 2018

Office expires: 28th May 2021

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


Elected Member: Anne Corrie

Date elected: 14th April 2016

Office expires: 13th April 2019

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:


Alec Hall


Elected Member: Alec Hall

Date elected: 6th December 2018

Office expires: 5th December 2021

Contact details: Via membership Office on 0161 922 6005


I was born and lived all my life in Mossley. I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and have over 35 years experience in purchasing and materials management in both the private sector and more recently at Tameside MBC prior to retirement eight year ago. I also served 16 years in the Territorial Army before leaving in 1998.

Married to Kath I enjoy walking and travel and have a keen interest in all things motorcycle related.


Elected Member: Dorothy Cartwright

Date elected: 12th June 2017

Office expires: 11th June 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005

England and Wales

Elected member: Murtaza Husaini

Date re-elected: 20th March 2017

Office expires: 19th March 2020

Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005

Appointed Partnership Members

  • Organisation: NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG
    Name: Dr Alan Dow Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005
  • Organisation: Young Person Representative
    Name: Emily Sykes Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 
  • Organisation: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
    Name: Cllr Brenda Warrington Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:
  • Organisation: High Peak Borough Council
    Name: Councillor Julie McCabe Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:
  • Organisation: Consort Healthcare (Tameside) plc
  • Name: Mark Holden Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:
  • Organisation: Action Together
    Name: Dr Kailash Chand Contact details: Via Membership Office on 0161 922 6005 or email:

Elected Staff Members


Division:  Clinical Support
Name:     Adrian Smith

I have worked at Tameside for the last 24 years. I started working on ward 31 then 8, 9, 18, 19. I then moved to theatres as an operating theatre orderly in lower twin, upper twin, orthopaedic theatres and maternity theatres for 5 years. Then for the past 18 years I have worked in cardio respiratory investigations (CRI) as an assistant cardiac physiologist. For the past two years I have held the position of staff governor for clinical support services covering (CRI)  X ray, pharmacy, mortuary and pathology. During this period I have seen what a difference you can make just by knowing the structure of the Trust and knowing who and where to go to for advice/support; supporting colleagues with any ideas of improvement or change that would be beneficial to the staff or the Trust.  



Corporate Services
Position Vacant



Division:Estates and Facilities

Name:Mike McCluskey


I have worked at the Trust for over 28 years initially as a Trust Fire Officer and later as Fire Safety and EPRR (emergency preparedness resilience and response) Manager.

Previously I was serving in the Royal Air Force as a firefighter. I have seen and worked through many changes within the NHS which have impacted on the Trust. I have been a staff governor for Estates & Facilities since 2012 & support my areas where I can to ensure information & support is given to these essential non-clinical depts which operate across the Trust 24/7 alongside frontline clinical colleagues. I also provide support to the staff lottery.

In my spare time I enjoy watching all sports but particular all levels of football and have held a season ticket at Manchester City for over 30 years. I also enjoy running. I live locally in Ashton Under Lyne, my wife works as a staff nurse on ITU at the Hospital. My two children attend school locally at St Damians.





Medical and Urgent

Lynsey Derbyshire





Division: Intermediate Tier Service and Neighbourhoods

Name:Gleeny Suarez

Gleeny Suarez is a Sister/ Charge nurse at the Stamford Unit 2.

A graduate with Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing in the Philippines October 1997. Passed the Nursing Board Examination on December 1997. NMC registered to practice as Adult Nurse in the UK since August 2003. A very experienced Qualified Nurse who worked for 22 years in different field of Nursing.

3 years in Philippines, 1 year and 3 months in Singapore and almost 16 years here in the United Kingdom.

I worked for 8 years in Trauma Unit, former Ward 2. 1 and a half years in the Care of the Elderly in Ward 41 and 3 years and a half in Acute Medical Unit, 1 year and 3 months a full time agency Nurse and at present Sister/ Charge Nurse in the Stamford Unit for almost 2 years now.

Happily married with four children. 



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Division: Surgery
Name: Raja Swaminathan

I have frontline experience in the NHS surgical constituency, as a junior trainee doctor to being a consultant, spanning more than 20 years. I bring my experience in constructive dialogue, clinical governance, teaching, training and education. As a consultant orthopedic surgeon for more than 10 years, I have knowledge and experience of the challenges faced by the frontline staff in providing gold standard patient centered care.

I believe that with openness, transparency and collaborative working, work force engagement could be improved further.  I am enthusiastic to bring about change in the work place environment, in an evolving 21st century NHS, with changing expectations from patients and regulatory bodies. I am proud to represent the surgical workforce in the council and help in adherence to the standards set by the NHS constitution. 




Division: Women and Children's
Name:Sally Lewcock

Hi my name is Sally

I have worked for the trust for 35 years and as such seen many changes. I have a dual role within the organisation, I am a sister on the children’s unit and I also work for our children’s safeguarding team.

I am staff governor for women and children. In terms of my role as staff governor it is demanding that requires time and commitment from all governors.

As staff governors we meet regular to discuss issues which staff raise and decide how we might support staff in their concern.

I am available for any staff member who might want to raise an issue or concern.



Election Results

Declaration Ashton

Unopposed Declaration Ashton

Declaration Glossop

Declaration Glossop 2

Declaration Hyde

Unopposed Declaration Hyde

Declaration Stalybridge

Declaration England and Wales

Unopposed Declaration Denton

Unopposed Declaration Droylsden

Unopposed Declaration Dukinfield

Unopposed Declaration Staff - Facilities

Unopposed Declaration Staff - Surgery

Declaration Mossley 2018


Statement of Persons Nominated 2017

Statement of Persons Nominated 2018

Statement of Persons Nominated 2018



Notice of Elections

The Trust will hold elections to the Council of Governors of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust for the following constituencies in due course:

Ashton (1 seat)

Denton (2 seats)


Council of Governors Board Meetings


Room G38, Ground Floor
Werneth House, Education Centre
Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


2019 Dates:

21st March - 12:30pm

16th July - 6:30pm

19th September - 4:00pm

12th December - 12:30pm

All meetings held in Werneth House

 Annual Members Meeting

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS - Annual Members Meeting - 19th September 2019 - 6:30pm-8:30pm

The meeting will highlight our progress and achievements as set out in the Trusts Annual Report and Accounts for 2018/19.


2018 - Agenda, Minutes & Backing Papers


 Agenda  Minutes  Backing Papers
 December 2018     COG Papers
 September 2018  Minutes  COG Papers
 July 2018  Minutes  COG Papers
 March 2018  Minutes  COG Papers

What is a Foundation Trust?

On the 1st September 2016 Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust became Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. 

Foundation Trusts are still part of the NHS and subject to rigorous inspections like the rest of the NHS, but patients, staff and local residents have a greater say in how those standards are met and developed. This allows Foundation Trusts to tailor their services to best meet the needs of the local community.

Foundation Trusts still have a Trust Board which consists of Executive and Non-Executive Directors. These Directors are legally responsible for the running of the Trust, and consult with Governors and Members on issues of strategic importance.

We believe that Foundation Trust status brings real benefits for our patients, our staff and the local community.

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is a newly formed Integrated Care Organisation formed on the 1st September 2016. The Trust is using the Foundation Trust licence of the former Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which was established as a Foundation Trust on February 1st 2008.

What does it mean to be a Foundation Trust?

  • The Trust has responsibility for determining our own destiny – which means we are able to make faster decisions and have greater flexibility to provide services to meet local needs
  • The Trust has stronger links into our communities – which means greater accountability to our patients, local people and partner organisations
  • The Trust has increased organisational development opportunities – which means we can grow and develop as an organisation, and rise to the challenge of providing high quality local services
  • The Trust is able to deliver service improvement more quickly – which includes taking advantage of new ways to raise funds and access capital
  • The Trust has greater financial freedom – ability to plan and manage our finances with increased clarity, certainty and stability

What do members do?

One of the most important features of an NHS Foundation Trust is the establishment of a Council of members.

Our members are the driving force behind out Foundation Trust and help us to move forward. We already have one of the highest membership of any Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester, with almost 25,000 public members and 3,617 staff members. However, their contribution has proved invaluable and we always welcome more members.

Your feedback is really important to us - it's how we find out what we are doing right and what you'd like to see happen in the future.

There are no fees or obligations and you can be as active as you like – from receiving literature, to attending meetings and voting in Governor elections or even standing as a Governor yourself.

The members of our Foundation Trust will:

  • help make the Trust more accountable to local people, and better able to listen to local views
  • vote in the election of people to sit on and represent you on the Council of Governors
  • be able to stand for election to the Council of Governors

What are the benefits of being a member?

As a member of our Foundation Trust you will be able to help shape the future of Tameside and Glossop IC NHS FT.

As a member you will receive:

  • entitlement to join NHS discount scheme website, which provides great deals, savings, helplines, offers and more.
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  • Invitation to meetings

Who can become a member?

To become a member of our Foundation Trust, you need to be one of the following:

  • a Tameside or Glossop resident
  • been a patient at hospital in the last five years
  • a member of staff or a volunteer


  • are over 16 years old
  • agree with the principles and objectives of the Foundation Trust.
  • are not a "vexatious complainant" as defined in the Trust Complaints Policy.
  • have not been the subject of official action by the Trust for acts of violence and aggression against our staff.
  • are not a registered sex offender.
  • from the rest of England and Wales who has a connection with the organisation. 

How to become a member?

Membership of our Foundation Trust is free and, remember, it is completely up to you how much you get involved.